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SHQ Review September 12 2019

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SHQ now offering PrEP services

Exciting news! You can now come to SHQ to access PrEP! Call us on 9227 6177 to organise an appointment with a doctor to discuss if PrEP is right for you, or call the Sexual Health Helpline to find out more!

New STARS Training

SHQ has recently created a new training program called STARS – Start Talking About Relationships and Sexual health. We surveyed people who work specifically with Aboriginal young people, and created the program based on the needs of the community. This two-day training will help you talk with Aboriginal young people about sensitive issues, ranging from bodies to relationships to referrals for young people. For more information and to register head to the website.

Community News

Sexual health training and development scholarships available

The WA Department of Health Sexual Health and Blood-borne Virus Program (SHBBVP) has scholarships available for individuals to attend sexual health and/or blood-borne virus related workforce education and training. SHBBVP also have grants available for organisations to help develop or improve sexual health training for professionals. Check out their website for more information.

Sexual Health and Blood-borne Viruses Advisory Committee seeking new members

Consumer representatives are currently being recruited for the WA Sexual Health and Blood-borne Viruses Advisory Committee. WA people with lived experience of HIV, viral hepatitis and STIs, who are interested in advocating for and contributing to a coordinated public health response to these infections, are encouraged to apply. Head to HealthyWA website for more information and to find out how to apply.

KKnH Youth Summit – October 11th 2019

Koya Aboriginal Corporation are hosting a youth summit in October. The summit’s focus is on all young people, encouraging and nurturing their tremendous potential. Tickets are FREE. Follow this link here for more information about the summit and to register attendance.

New WA Health strategies and policies released

A new strategy has been released to promote better health for LGBTI people. This first-of-its-kind strategy aims to address the barriers for LGBTI people and health care. The strategy identifies six priority areas which will help lead to better health outcomes for LGBTI people over a five-year period, including promoting accessible and inclusive health services, affirmative practices and access to LGBTI specific resources. To check out the strategies follow this link here.

The new WA Women’s Health and Wellbeing Policy identifies four priority areas for action:

  • Chronic conditions and healthy ageing;
  • Health and wellbeing impacts of gender-based violence;
  • Maternal, reproductive and sexual health; and
  • Mental health and wellbeing.

You can access the policy here.

 New Young Deadly Free resource

Young Deadly Free have developed a new manual for doctors, nurses and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people working in regional WA. The resource is targeted at professionals working in areas of STI / BBV testing, care and management. Check it out here.

New Australia Charter of Healthcare Rights released

The revised Australian Charter of Healthcare Rights launched last month and encourages all people accessing health care in Australia to engage in decisions about health with their provider. The Charter describes the rights that consumers, or someone they care for, can expect when receiving health care. For more information and to review the Charter follow this link here.

The Hunting educational resources

The Hunting is an Australian TV series on SBS focusing on the impact of image-based abuse and gendered-based violence on young people. The eSafety Commissioner and SBS have created discussion guides for teachers and families around the themes present in the series. To watch the series head to SBS On Demand and follow this link here to the discussion resources.

New resources around gender equality and respectful relationships

            The Line has updated their suite of resources about relationships for anyone working with young people. The new resources include information and activities on a range of topics including sexting, violence against women and privilege. Check out the new resources on The Line website.

LGBTIQA+ young people safe space now in Midland

            headspace Midland, in partnership with City of Swan, Youth Focus and Rise Network are hosting LGBTOQA+ Safe Space every fortnight 5pm – 7pm at Midland Junction Art Centre. Contact Shona or check out the Eventbrite page for more information or to register.

 Sex education survey

  Equality Rights Alliance Young Women’s Action Group want to know about the experiences of sex education of young women aged 16-21 in Australia. Data will be used to create a report which will be distributed across Australia. The survey is open to women, trans women or non-binary people. For more information or to complete the survey click this link here.

Upcoming Training Opportunities

SHQ offering LGBTI+ diversity training for professionals

We are excited to announce we are now offering training to organisations around LGBTI+ diversity and inclusive practice! The interactive training can be tailored to your organisation and to the needs of your staff and clients. Subsidised rates available to organisations who sign-up early and support us in piloting this new area of work.

For more information and to register your interest follow this link here.

Nuts & Bolts of Sexual Health Albany – October 29 – 31st 2019

Our Nuts & Bolts of Sexual Health training is heading to Albany this October! This course develops the core knowledge, attitudes and skills required to provide information and support for young people around respectful relationships and sexual health issues. For information on Nuts & Bolts or to register follow this link here.

Medical Training

Scholarships available for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Doctor and Nurse

In support of the Close the Gap campaign, SHQ is offering scholarships for one Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander doctor and one Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander nurse to attend one of our Certificate Programs for FREE!

For more information and to see how to apply for a potential scholarship
check out the link

Contraceptive Implant Training for Doctors and Nurses – 2019

            SHQ is pleased to offer theory training workshops for doctors and nurses to begin to become approved contraceptive implant inserters. The training covers how to discuss contraceptive options with clients, information around contraceptive implants, and practice insertion and removal of implants.

A Nurse’s course is running on September 16th – prerequisites are required. Follow this link here to register and for more information.

IUD Training for Doctors and Nurses – October 1st 2019

SHQ offers IUD insertion training for doctors and nurses who want to upskill. The training is open to anyone who is registered with AHPRA as a medical practitioner or nurse. For more information and to apply, click here

FPAA Certificate in Reproductive and Sexual Health (Doctors) – November 11th – 15th 2019

This national certificate course covers sexual and reproductive health issues at a postgraduate level. The course focuses on primary care aspects of sexual and reproductive health, a core aspect of both general practice and specialist training in obstetrics and gynaecology.For more information and to apply, click here

Training for Youth Workers and Community

Tools of the Trade October 17th – 18th 2019

Have you attended our Nuts and Bolts or Bare Essentials training and want to learn about facilitation skills? Do you want to know how you can develop your own sexual health sessions or program? This is the course for you! Tools of Trade provides you with the knowledge and skills to recognise the sexual health needs of a group, plan sexual health education sessions, and apply group facilitation skills.Discounts available for WA Youth Workers! For more information and to find out how to register, click here

Expressions of interest wanted to bring sexual health trainings to your community

Are you interested in bringing cervical screening training, STI workshops or contraceptive counselling and contraceptive implant training to your community in Western Australia? For more information and to place a request please email the Manager of Clinical Education

What has SHQ been up to?

Wear It Purple Day – August 30th 2019

Wear it Purple Day is about wearing something purple to show your support for young LGBTI+ people in your community and around Australia. To show our support we held a morning tea for staff, encouraged everyone to wear something purple and did some staff face painting.

Share the Dignity Campaign

Thank you everyone who has donated to our Share the Dignity campaign! Share the Dignity gives sanitary products to homeless women and fights for domestic violence victims. We love having the collection bin out and supporting this great cause.

Send in your submissions for future SHQ Newsletters!

Got something you want to see in the next SHQ Newsletter? To submit something for consideration, just email us.You can head to our Newsletter page to check out the distribution schedule and cut-off dates for submissions for upcoming newsletters.

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SHQ offers a range of professional services including testing and treatment of STIs, contraception information and supply, unplanned pregnancy, cervical screening, STI drop-in clinics and counselling.